In The Flower Garden This January

Prune rose bushes this month while they are still dormant. Cut back branches back to just above the bud, making sure to remove any crossing or dead branches.

If your honeysuckle is very overgrown, now is the best time to prune and cut back hard to encourage healthy, new growth this spring.

January is the month to start pruning rhododendrons.

Remove old hellebore leaves to expose the new blooms as they emerge this spring.

Remove any faded flowers from your winter pansies to stop them setting seed.

Prune your wisteria by cutting back whippy summer growth, leaving only 2 or 3 buds.

Tidy up perennials. Cut down the old stem of perennial plants like sedum, but be careful of any new growth.

Top Tip:

Cut back ornamental grasses. Clip back the old foliage from before new growth begins, cut back to within a few centimetres of the ground.

This Month's Key Tips
  • Now is the ideal time to start 'chitting' seed potatoes ready for planting in spring.
  • Plant any seeds ready for early spring season.
  • Clean old pots and seed trays ready for sowing and planting.
  • Start forcing rhubarb.
  • Recycle your Christmas tree by shredding it for mulch.